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Comics and eBooks Through hoopla!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

hooplaExciting news! Our video streaming service, hoopla, is expanding! Beginning today, hoopla now offers free access to eBooks and Comics. Don’t forget to update your hoopla app so you can enjoy these new formats (unless your device has automatic update, of course). Visit the hoopla site and scroll down to view available eBooks and Comics.

Don’t miss out!


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June LibraryReads Staff Picks

Saturday, May 9th, 2015


You already know that your local KDL staff provide great recommendations when you’re looking for your next favorite book. Now library staff across the nation have connected to offer LibraryReads, a nationwide “Top 10″ list of favorite titles each month! Check out these upcoming titles that librarians across the country have read, loved, and want to share with you.

  1. Eight Hundred Grapes: A NovelLibraryReadsFavoriteEight Hundred Grapes: A Novel by Laura Dave
    “Take your time and savor the family dynamics. Enjoy the romantic twists in this tale of a career-minded young woman circling back to her roots at a California winery. The appeal is broader than that of a romance since it delves into the complexities of various relationships — parent to parent, parents and children, even winery and owner. This is an excellent summer read!”
    Joan Hipp, Florham Park Public Library, Florham Park, NJ
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  3. The Truth According to Us: A NovelThe Truth According to Us: A Novel by Annie Barrows
    “It is 1938 in a rural West Virginia town and a young woman arrives to write the town’s history. Layla doesn’t really know what to expect from the town, and the town doesn’t know what to make of her. This is the heart of the South, the soul of small towns, where everyone looks out for you and knows your history. Sweet story tailor-made for fans of Billie Letts, Fannie Flagg, Pat Conroy and Harper Lee.”
    Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX
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  5. The Book of Speculation: A NovelThe Book of Speculation: A Novel by Erika Swyler
    “A roller coaster of a read! This is the story of a librarian from a splintered family with a tragic past who is gifted a mysterious book that leads him to dive deep into his family’s history, all while his present life seems to be falling to pieces around him. If you loved Morgenstern’s The Night Circus or Kostova’s The Historian, this is a book for you.”
    Amanda Monson, Bartow County Library System, Cartersville, GA
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  7. The Little Paris Bookshop: A NovelThe Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel by Nina George
    “Quirky and delightful, Nina George’s book focuses on Jean Perdu, owner of the Literary Apothecary, a floating bookshop. When a new tenant in his apartment building sets in motion events that force Jean to re-evaluate his past, he finds himself floating off down the rivers of France in search of lost love, new love, and friends he didn’t know he needed.”
    Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY
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  9. The Invasion of the Tearling: A NovelThe Invasion of the Tearling: A Novel by Erika Johansen
    “The Mort are coming! Johansen introduces new characters and enticing bits of history, with the second volume of her intriguing tale of fantasy, mystery and royal politics. Kelsea, the new Tearling Queen, has broken the Red Queen’s treaty and prepares to suffer the consequences as her nation is about to be invaded. Readers will be eager for the final volume in the Tearling saga.”
    Lucy Lockley, St. Charles City-County Library, St. Peters, MO
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  11. In the Unlikely EventIn the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume
    “The obvious ‘unlikely events’ of Judy Blume’s latest — the three plane crashes afflicting Elizabeth, NJ in one horrifying winter — set the framework for everyday unlikely events around love, family, friendship, relating all that can go so wrong, and so right, with all three. Readers will enjoy the period detail and relatable characters that feature in this hybrid domestic/disaster tale.”
    Becky Bowen, Kenton County Public Library, Independence, KY
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  13. The Rumor: A NovelThe Rumor: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
    “Elin Hilderbrand has done it again! Grace is married to Fast Eddie, a successful real estate broker on the island. They live with their twin teenage daughters in a beautiful house with three manicured acres overlooking the harbor. Financial troubles, affairs or supposed affairs, teenage angst and shady deals kick the rumor mill on the island in high gear. The Rumor is the ideal beach book for this summer!”
    Claudia Silk, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT
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  15. The Precipice: A NovelThe Precipice: A Novel by Paul Doiron
    “When two women go missing while hiking a difficult part of the Appalachian Trail, Maine game warden Mike Bowditch helps in trying to determine where the women were last seen. Mike then discovers there is no shortage of people whose behaviors make them suspicious. With a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing, and a main character that you can’t help but empathize with, The Precipice is another home run for Doiron.”
    Lora Bruggeman, Indian Prairie Public Library, Darien, IL
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  17. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A NovelMy Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
    “From the author of one my favorite books of last year, A Man Called Ove, this book packs a similar emotional punch at the end, but has some significant differences. It is told from the point of view of Elsa, a seven-year-old child who loves Harry Potter, fairy tales, and her grandmother. Once I stopped trying to make the story fit my adult view of the world and entered into Elsa’s world, I had a whale of a time.”
    Janet Lockhart, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC
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  19. Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate ShipPirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search for a Legendary Pirate Ship by Robert Kurson
    “This is the journey of Tracy Bowden, John Chatterton, and John Mattera as they follow a quest to find the sunken pirate ship named the Golden Fleece. I think anyone would be interested in the treasure of a famous buccaneer, Joseph Bannister. Many people, including me, have dreamed of digging up a treasure chest of gold. What could be more fun than traveling along with treasure hunters to find a lost pirate ship?”
    Linda Payne, Lake Placid Memorial Library, Lake Placid, FL

 

See http://libraryreads.org for more information and find your next great read!

 


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Civic Theatre Passes: Avenue Q

Friday, May 8th, 2015

1aveStarting NOW until they are gone: KDL cardholders may pick up two free vouchers per person at our Gaines Township and Krause Memorial (Rockford) branches (both branches open at 9:30 AM) for the dress rehearsal of Avenue Q on Thursday, May 28 at 7:30 PM at the Grand Rapids Civic Theatre (30 N. Division Ave.) All dress rehearsals are general seating and vouchers must be redeemed for an admission ticket on dress night only.

Vouchers do not guarantee a seat, as dress rehearsals include open admission sales. So arrive early; doors to the theatre open at 5:30 PM.

Questions? Call KDL Patron Services at 784-2007.

What do you get when you mix one part human with one part puppet? Answer: A multi-Tony Award (2004) winning play! Filled with pop-culture references, adult humor and unforgettable songs, this play will leave you entertained. Not recommended for young audiences.  Adult content


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Free Computer Classes for Adults

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

ComputerWhether you’re a computer novice or looking to update your skills, KDL’s free computer classes can help you learn something new! Starting in June, registration is no longer required for our computer classes. They will be first come, first serve, and we will make every effort to accommodate all who arrive.

  • Computer Basics: Mousing and More!
  • Computer Basics: Where’s My Stuff?
  • Computer Basics: PC Management
  • Gadgets: B.Y.O. eReader & Tablet Users Group
  • Internet: Online Security
  • Internet: Internet Basics and More
  • Internet: Pinterest Basics
  • Internet: Facebook Basics
  • Microsoft Excel Basics I & II
  • Microsoft Office Workshop
  • Microsoft PowerPoint Basics
  • Microsoft Word Basics I, II & III
  • Job Seekers: Office Programs for the Job Seeker
  • Apple Computers – Your MacBook: Shortcuts, tips and Tricks (BYO Laptop)
  • Apple Computers: iPhoto and iMovie for Beginners (BYO Apple Laptop)
  • Speak to a Geek

For class descriptions and schedule, please see pages 18-21 in our Summer Kaleidoscope or search our events calendar.


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Summer 2015 KDL Kaleidoscope

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of the KDL Kaleidoscope program guide is now available online, and printed copies will be available soon at your local branch library. You’ll find all you need to know about summer programs and get some great information on library resources and staff recommendations.

It’s sure to be an exciting season at KDL, and you don’t want to miss a thing. Check out the KDL Kaleidoscope today!

Summer Kaleidoscope


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Children’s Book Week

Monday, May 4th, 2015

cbw-logoIt’s Children’s Book Week, a time to celebrate children’s literature.

According the Children’s Book Week website, “Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.”  Celebrate this week by sharing favorite children’s books with your family and friends.  If you’re looking for some new favorites, be sure to check out some booklists created by awesome KDL staff members.

What are some of your favorite children’s books?

 

 

 


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Summer Reading @ KDL Coming Soon!

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Celebrate HeroesThe school year is winding down, and that means we are gearing up for Summer Reading @ KDL. With programs for kids, teens and adults, we are inviting the whole family to Celebrate Heroes @ KDL. And if discovering some great books isn’t enough of an incentive to participate, we have also got some awesome prizes up for grabs!

Summer Reading @ KDL kicks off on Monday, June 1. Stop by your local branch to sign up, and don’t forget to mark your calendar for some awesome programs. Our summer line-up includes magic, animals, food and music, just to name a few!


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Photo Contest: Vote for Your Favorite!

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Celebrate KDL Photo Contest Logo WEB (2)We have chosen 50 photos as semi-finalists in the Celebrate KDL Photo Contest! Visit www.kdl.org/photocontest to vote for your favorite!

One vote per photo per computer per day may be cast between now and Sunday, May 24. Winning photos will be featured in an upcoming Celebrate KDL 2016 Calendar which will be sold to raise funds for library programs. Winners will be announced on Monday, June 1.

Happy voting!


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Meet KDL at the 2015 Kent County Resource Fair

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

 

KDL will be there. Will you? Join us one week from today to learn about the resources available in our community. Dozens of local organizations will be on-site to discuss a wide-range of low-cost and free services. For more information, please contact Bryana Hopkins at bhopkins@family futures.net or 616.855.5461.

Thursday, May 7, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Paul I. Phillips Boys & Girls Club, 726 Madison Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

The 2015 Kent County Resource Fair is brought to you by a community collaboration

KCRF

 

 


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Diary of a Wimpy Kid Month

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

April is Wimpy Kid Month!  Celebrate with us by checking out one of Kinney’s popular titles or grabbing a read alike from this KDL recommended reading list. Want to try something new? We have Wimpy Kid titles as audiobooks, ebooks, and DVDs.

Wimpy Kid

Visit Wimpykid.com for more Wimpy Kid fun.  While you are there, enter for a chance to win a daily drawing, design your own book cover, or even plan a Wimpy Kid party.  Waiting for book 10?  Author Jeff Kinney will reveal all the juicy details of the new book during a live webcast on April 27.  Enjoy!


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